Experienced but Unequivocally and Undoubtedly Unqualified

My initial teaching job was as a 5th grade teacher.  Perhaps coincidentally this was the grade where one of  my favorite teachers had taught. I have often wondered if that happens to teachers more frequently than not. If You are a teacher did you  end up teaching  in the subject or grade level of your favorite teacher? and if you did what does that tell us about ,”what is really important in the teaching profession?”  I taught at the elementary level for around 6 years until the new anti Jr. High,  middle school concept came in,   at which point I magically became a middle school teacher. Strangely after teaching off and on for the majority of 40 years as I reached the end of my career my teaching certificate which simply says “K-9 Teacher” although I never worked with “real” dogs,  now means that after teaching 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade students, typing, science, social studies, math, and language leavened with a strong dose of psychology I am,  under “No Child Left Behind” or as some of us call it “No Child Gets Ahead”rules not “highly qualified” to teach anything anywhere at anytime.    I am now, in fact almost un-hire able in the educational field because of my lack of qualifications.  I hear that McDonalds is hiring and by dint of my current weight I feel emminentaly qualified for that job, so there is still hope.

About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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